About the company
Rhizomatic Arts takes a holistic approach to creative sustainability, supporting the cultural eco-system through professional consulting, services, and training for artists and creatively-oriented businesses, and cultivating networks in which these communities can interconnect through short-term collaborations and lasting partnerships. Rhizomatic Studio implements the creative vision of founding director Allison Wyper through interdisciplinary art projects, performances, and workshops that activate the performance space as a site for critical action, challenging viewers to become participants. We are dedicated to social and economic justice on a grassroots, person-to-person level, and uphold the feminist ethos: if one thrives, we all thrive.
YOU are an expert, a community member,
a visionary, a conversation starter, a rebel.
You are an artist.
WE are your support network.
ALLISON WYPER, Founder
I am an interdisciplinary performance artist. I live in Los Angeles, and present my work internationally. I also have over a decade of experience in what I broadly call “arts administration."
Which is to say, I have a crazy resumé.
Office manager, bookkeeper, stage manager, producer, administrative assistant, research assistant, academic, and sales person at an upscale gift shop. I've been a full-time employee (usually for short periods of time) and a freelance consultant. I've worked with artists, theatre companies, interior design firms, Hollywood marketing agencies, and a women's studies center at a major research university. I do a lot of “gigging." I occasionally teach. And I recently discovered that I love making websites.
After years of struggling with frustrating, unsatisfying day jobs, and what began to feel like professional schizophrenia, I finally came clean with myself and admitted:
My priority is my creative practice.
Being an artist, I, like many of you, am interested in a TON of things outside of the studio. The truth is, I am genuinely passionate about artist sustainability. I geek out about labor advocacy and professional development workshops. I want my friends and colleagues to thrive, and if there's anyway I can help them do that, I want to do it, whether that means hiring my peers for projects I'm working on, or designing a website for someone I admire.
I am personally invested in a healthy economy and ecology for socially engaged creative practice. I don't think of this work as separate from my work as an artist; it is simply another way in which I am working to create the future that I want to live in.
I've had the pleasure of working with some
outstanding people on a wide range of projects.
Here are some of my favorites...
Circo Zero Performance
Eye Zen Presents
Mount Washington Craniosacral Therapy
Mariel Carranza, performance artist
Julian Wass, composer
Katrin Schnabl, artist & fashion designer
Adam Kuby, artist
The Poetry Society of Los Angeles
Rebeca Hernandez, choreographer
Marketing / social media / design
Silverlake Independent Jewish Community Center
Guillermo Gómez-Peña, artist and writer
Alicia Gaspar de Alba, professor, author and poet
David Swift, first time author
501 (see three) Arts
Alamosa Design Associates
VJ Grant Davis/Lumens
Galería de la Raza
Oni Dance Company
PRODUCTION + Curatorial
La Pocha Nostra
Project 51: Play the LA River
UCLA Residency Program for Movement
NOHspace Presents @ Theatre of Yugen
San Francisco Mime Troupe